Description:

Jacqueline Kennedy's Black Lace Mantilla, with Impeccable Provenance.

Jacqueline Kennedy's fine black floral and leaf pattern lace chapel veil with scalloped edges. Mrs. Kennedy gave this mantilla to Mary Gallagher during the pre-White House years. Measures approximately 60 x 23''. Lace still stiff and in lovely condition.

Provenance: From the collection of Mary Gallagher, Jackie Kennedy's personal secretary and secretary to Senator John F. Kennedy. Author of My Life With Jacqueline Kennedy. This mantilla has shown previously at auction having attained prices of over $3000 with buyer's premium.

Jacqueline Kennedy was seen wearing a similar black mantilla when she visited the Vatican to meet Pope John XXIII on March 11, 1962, and was also photographed often wearing a mantilla before and after attending a Catholic Church service. We have included several images of Jackie wearing a similar mantilla for review.

The mantilla was first made popular in Spain during the 17th and 18th centuries and actively encouraged by Queen Isabella II in the 19th century. The black veils were traditionally worn to mass by married or widowed women as a symbol of their modesty, humility, and reverence.

These items come directly from the collection of Mary Gallagher, former personal secretary to Mrs. Kennedy from 1957 to 1964, and whose book My Life with Jacqueline Kennedy was an international best-seller. In her book Mary Gallagher described how JBK would periodically go through her closets discarding items that she did not like any more. She would offer them first to Mary, to her personal maid Provi, and to nanny Shaw, after that they were sent out to charities in the DC area.


This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

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June 10, 2020 10:30 AM EDT
Wilton, CT, US

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$0 $99 $10
$100 $299 $20
$300 $499 $25
$500 $999 $50
$1,000 $1,999 $100
$2,000 $2,999 $200
$3,000 $4,999 $250
$5,000 $9,999 $500
$10,000 $19,999 $1,000
$20,000 $49,999 $2,500
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